Algae proteins are protein which are derived from marine algae as well as fresh water algae by extracting, harvesting, and drying the algae. They have an extremely nutritious profile due to the good quality of amino acids and high protein content and hence are used in the preparation of animal feeds, dietary supplements, and food beverages. Algae protein is marketed as being effective in encouraging weight loss and prevention heart diseases, diabetes, and fatigue.
High nutritional value and the growing acceptance of naturally-derived food products and health supplements, owing to the growing number of health-conscious consumers and constant growth in population, are some of the key drivers for the growth of the algae protein market. The increasing vegan population is another key factor responsible for the growth of the market. Furthermore, with rising awareness about the various health benefits of vegan diets, the number of people adopting vegan lifestyles are increasing across the globe.
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The study analyses the global algae protein market based on product, source, application, and geography.
Spirulina and chlorella are the major product of algae protein. Spirulina is named as a superfood and one of the most nutrient-rich foods on Earth. It contains around 55% to 70% protein. Increase in the demand for cyanobacteria due to their contribution in weight decrease and growing number of health clubs and fitness centres are anticipated to boost growth of the spirulina market in the forecast period.
Chlorella is spent as a health supplement mostly within the United States and Canada and as a food supplement in Japan. Manufacturers of Chlorella products assert that it has several purported health effects, including an ability to treat cancer. Chlorella has proven to be efficient toward tumors owing to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial activities. It has also been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, speed up wound healing, help manage respiratory diseases, promote eye health, support liver health, and improve the immune system.
Fresh water and marine water are the major sources of algae protein. Freshwater algal protein is majorly derived from spirulina, which is a blue-green alga (cyanobacterium) and is a highly rich source of protein that contains all essential amino acids and minerals. Growing awareness regarding health benefits of algal protein and consumer preference for numerous algal protein-based foods are the main factors for driving the market. Marine algal protein is mainly derived from seaweeds and is extensively used as a substitute for animal protein such as whey protein. The algal protein derived from marine waters consists of about 60% protein by weight which is high when compared to animal protein.
The market finds application in dietary supplements, food products, animal feed, and others. Dietary supplements held a lion’s share in the market. Increasing ingesting of junk food products and progressively busy lifestyles have resulted in a lesser intake of required nutrients, particularly among the millennial population. Furthermore, changing food habits have been leading to obesity and other serious health issues. So, to maintain the required nutritional intake, consumers are opting for nutraceutical products since they are easy to consume and offer high nutrition value.
Geographically, the study is comprised of the key countries of North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World. Europe is leading the global algae protein market. Hectic lifestyles, changing food habits along with rising health issues has urged European consumers to spend more on nutritional supplements to provide adequate nutrients to the body.
The key competitor of the market includes Cyanotech Corporation, Earthrise Nutritional, Far East Bio-tech Co. Ltd., E.I.D. –Parry Limited, ENERGYbits Inc., Rainbow Light, NOW Foods, Prairie Naturals, Vimergy LLC, among others.
The study analyses the global algae protein market based on product, source, application, and geography. Algae proteins are spirulina and chlorella in the marketplace. The spirulina segment is likely to dominate the market over the forecast period. The market finds application in dietary supplements, food products, animal feed, and others. The dietary supplements segment is likely to register the fastest growth in years to come. The market finds the source in freshwater and marine water. The freshwater segment is likely the market over the forecast period. Geographically, the study is comprised of the key countries of North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World.
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